The Geological Survey of NSW (GSNSW) undertakes a wide range of projects covering geological mapping, mineral systems studies, geophysical surveys and interpretations, basin studies, energy resource assessments, geochronology, palaeostratigraphy, database development and 3D mapping.

There are many New Frontiers initiative projects and ongoing activities. Read more about the major projects below

  • NSW Seamless geology project

    This project provides a statewide compilation of best available mapping data in an internally consistent format.

    Go to NSW Seamless Geology Project

  • 3D mapping of NSW

    This project aims to generate 3D models of lithological and structural aspects of basin and orogenic provinces at scales ranging from broad to site-specific. The models have applications in land-use management, civil engineering, water resource management, waste management, mineral and energy resource exploration and research.

    Go to 3D mapping of NSW

  • East Riverina mapping project

    This project will provide up-to-date data to aid mineral exploration and to inform regional land-use decisions. Products will include 1:100 000 (or better) geological mapping that will be incorporated into statewide digital geoscience datasets, annual technical and specialist reports, mineral prospectivity assessments and 3D models.

    Go to East Riverina Mapping Project

  • AusLAMP project

    The Australian Lithospheric Architecture Magnetotelluric Project (AusLAMP) aims to establish baseline deep crustal conductivity between 11 km and 100 km depth across Australia.

    Go to AusLAMP Project

  • Government geotechnical report database project (GGRD)

    The GGRD is a collaborative multi-year project that aims to collate, store and provide access to NSW government geotechnical reports and data.

    Go to Government Geotechnical Report Database Project (GGRD)

  • Coal resource identification program

    Resource assessments are being undertaken to develop a greater understanding of the state’s geology and coal resource potential. This is set out in the NSW Government’s June 2020 Strategic Statement on Coal Exploration and Mining in NSW.

    This information is used to inform various decision-making processes within government, including the recommendation of potential exploration areas to release under the Strategic Release Framework for Coal and Petroleum Exploration. Resource assessments typically include activities such as drilling, coal quality analysis, geological mapping, surveying, and resource modelling.

    Go to Coal Resource Identification Program

For further information

Contact the Geological Survey of New South Wales